On and Off the Grid

Did the big power outage in India phase you? How’s about the drought in America? Sure, when we go about our unconnected lives, two epic events like these don’t mean a hill of beans. What are we going to do about something that is half a world away? Nothing, but watch. And wait for the ramifications if they ever come to the place we reside. If this is self-preservation or selfishness or denial or human nature it might be all of this and more. Someone else’s problems don’t have to be our problem until we are forced that they become ours. Do you believe this in a world of finite resources?

A place where land grabs and corporate welfare exists that generate unintentional  bad things to real good people and then profit from the disaster is nothing new. What is not understood is how disaster capitalism is granted such high esteem by elite investors and ignored by the rest of humanity for what it is, which is to keep the grid alive with paying customers. You and me.

What if turning off a light bulb or planting a garden could stem an energy or food disaster? Working the soil or making a conscious effort to conserve is out of fashion in Western culture for now. Living is never going to be easy so why repeat the mistakes over again when  the answer is within? Hard times and doomsayers are not the motivator nor should it be. Don’t wait for the lights to go out, just think about it before turning them on. Don’t wait for the price of food to sky-rocket and time enough now to change our eating and purchasing habit. Would it hurt to lay up a “store” of food at todays’ prices to hedge the future so our little world can make it through another growing season?

University of Minnesota Duluth campus, probably a good idea so bikes don’t get smashed by big SUV’s “oh I didn’t see your bike parked there”

And of course to be on and off the grid, whomever you are, wherever you may live, the best damn thing you could be doing for your world, not my world, your world, is to bike ride more and drive your car less.


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